James Stanley devised a refined approach to cheat at chess (and presumably comparable video games) with a customized gadget hid in his shoe. It is gradual and troublesome to make use of, however there’s loads of room for optimization and he has the right title for it: sockfish!
The ft are perfect for this type of factor, as a result of they’re the one a part of your physique that has any smart diploma of dexterity whereas nonetheless being invisible to informal observers.
Stanley’s design has been on-line for some time, however went viral this week amid an ongoing scandal on the highest ranges of the sport: World champion Magnus Carlsen withdrew from a match after world no. 49 Hans Niemann beat him unexpectedly and was subsequently extensively accused by different high gamers of dishonest. Niemann admits that he cheated as a younger teen taking part in on-line, however says he’ll play bare to show his mettle on the board.
I am not a chess skilled by any means (1720 at blitz, earlier than lunch) however from the scuttlebutt plainly to no matter extent Niemann had an unfair benefit, it was extra seemingly by studying particulars of Carlsen’s sport prep than by carrying a ” sockfish” or comparable gadget.